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H-2B Visas: The Complex Process for Nonagricultural Employers to Hire Guest Workers

Since 1952, American employers have hired H-2B foreign guest workers to fill seasonal or temporary jobs that U.S. workers have not taken. Onerous rules kept participation low until the late 1990s, but as more Americans left these types of temporary jobs, more employers accepted the H-2B visa’s restrictive requirements as their only chance to find legal workers.

Now the H-2B program is in crisis.

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Wretched Refuse? The Political Economy of Immigration and Institutions

Economic arguments favoring increased immigration restrictions suggest that immigrants undermine the culture, institutions, and productivity of destination countries. But is this actually true? Authors Alex Nowrasteh and Benjamin Powell systematically analyze cross‐​country evidence of potential negative effects caused by immigration relating to economic freedom, corruption, culture, and terrorism.

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Director of Immigration Studies and the Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies